American national security interests are sometimes apparent and other times elusive. For example, China’s secret “Re-admission Agreement“ with Switzerland presents potential national security issues for the United States even though the process appears neutral on its face and non-threatening.
“The deal allows agents from China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) to have ‘free access in Switzerland, for unsupervised operations across the country.’ China selects agents, and Switzerland has no part in the selection.
Yet MPS is no ordinary agency in China. It’s in charge of Chinese police, national security, espionage, and intelligence. It’s known for suppressing domestic dissent and has been accused of human rights violations,” thefederalist.com reports.
Chinese MPS agents have been allowed to go anywhere they want and “meet” anyone they want in Switzerland without the Swiss government’s supervision.
In effect, the Chinese could use their unfettered and shielded Switzerland positions to spy on an unsuspecting America; since the United States does consider the country an enemy, their operations receive less scrutiny.
Another feasible development for espionage spawns from the US Government’s use of drones purchased from China. The Department of Homeland Security has already cited this as a security concern and has expressed its findings to government officials purchasing the Chinese drones.
Other American makers of drones often rely on China for parts, which presents another security concern.
But the risks to national security are too great to move slowly. So, in addition to cutting off access to the Chinese drone market, the U.S. should also expand existing Pentagon efforts to build an American and American-ally drone-manufacturing base that does not rely on Chinese-made parts, National Review reports.